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  • Mundelein’s Parola fulfills legacy of all-around excellence Jun 14, 2014 4:57 PM
    Mundelein three-sport athlete Derek Parola, the Daily Herald's Lake County male athlete of the year, shared much of his distinguished career with his father Todd, who coached him in golf and baseball.

  • Brown finishes with a flourish at Lake Zurich Jun 2, 2014 10:42 PM
    When Dave Brown lost his final tennis match of the season, thus ending his high school sports career at Lake Zurich, he paused, reflected and shed a few tears. The 2013-14 school year certainly was a memorable sporting slate for Brown, 18, a senior who is heading to Grand Rapids, Mich., in the fall to resume his tennis career at Calvin College. Brown was the Bears’ lone three-sport male athlete, with six varsity letters earned over the past three years — three from tennis, two from basketball and one from cross country.

  • Morning rain can’t deter Lake in the Hills runners Apr 13, 2014 6:24 PM
    The spring rain Sunday morning couldn’t stop the roughly 500 runners in the 15th Run Thru The Hills road races in Lake in the Hills. After months of freezing temperatures, snow and ice, the early spring rain made the rolling pavement glisten as runners in the 5K and 10K events made their way through the Woods Creek Lake neighborhood in the mature section of town.

  • These athletes give freely — of themselves Dec 19, 2013 9:08 PM
    Lake County high school athletes are busy - but not too busy to help others this holiday season.

  • Harper climbs the hill, repeats as national champs Nov 13, 2013 9:04 PM
    The Harper men's cross country team earned a third straight NJCAA championship over the weekend in Northfield, Mass.

  • ‘Sweet’ finish for DiDomenico, Batavia Nov 9, 2013 11:49 PM
    PEORIA — The irony was not lost on Mike DiDomenico. There he was, proud coach of Batavia’s boys cross country team, a first-time state team qualifier in his 34th and final year as coach of the Bulldogs, and he had a protective boot on his right foot. The cause: The runner’s woe, a blown Achilles in July. But his team didn’t disappoint him, even after finishing 23rd in the 26-team Class 3A field.

  • Kaneland takes 5th in Class 2A Nov 9, 2013 11:28 PM
    PEORIA – It was the worst time to have a bad fall in a race, and it happened to Kaneland's Victoria Clinton earlier this year. The defending Class 2A champion was able to get back on the course following her hip injury, but she couldn't do for Kaneland this season, and especially Saturday in the state 2A championship race, what she had hoped to do.

  • Images: IHSA girls state cross country finals Nov 9, 2013 10:58 PM
    Girls from several suburban schools competed in the IHSA state cross country finals Saturday in Peoria.

  • Palatine's O'Brien 6th as Pirates take 4th at Detweiller Nov 9, 2013 11:28 PM
    Palatine came into the Class 3A girls cross country state meet with dreams of securing a state trophy, but the pursuit turned out be elusive for the Pirates. Barely. Despite the efforts of sophomore Kelly O'Brien, who finished sixth, Palatine came up one place short of its goal. The Pirates placed with 214 points on an ideal Saturday afternoon at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

  • Junior achievers Dale, Brown sparkle downstate Nov 9, 2013 11:38 PM
    Conant junior Zach Dale and Palatine junior Graham Brown came into the season with high expectations. The two didn't disappoint on a picture perfect fall afternoon on Saturday in the Class 3A boys cross country state meet at Detweiller Park.

  • Huntley's Smith runs to all-state medal Nov 9, 2013 11:37 PM
    Huntley junior Keagan Smith came into the cross country season with high expectations, and the Red Raider junior met them on Saturday in the Class 3A boys state race at Detweiller Park. Smith attacked the second mile then held on in the final mile to secure Huntley's first boys cross country state medal with a 16th place finish, crossing the finish line in 14:55. “I felt a state medal was definitely in reach at the start of the season,” said Smith, who was making his second state appearance. “But a 16th place finish is little higher than I thought. It's a great feeling.”

  • Another step forward for Jacobs' Van Vlierbergen Nov 9, 2013 11:25 PM
    Jacobs junior Lauren Van Vlierbergen has shown she is talented and tough. On Saturday at the Class 3A girls state cross country meet she put both together. Van Vlierbergen got off to a great start, hung tight in top four in the second mile, then held off a strong challenge from Oak Park-River Forest freshman Mary Blankemeier at the finish to take fourth place in a time of 17:07 at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

  • Images: IHSA boys state cross country finals Nov 9, 2013 11:46 PM
    Boys from several suburban schools competed in the IHSA state cross country finals Saturday in Peoria.

  • Perez leads Glenbard West 'wolfpack' to state title Nov 9, 2013 11:24 PM
    It was easy to feel great on Saturday after finishing third if you were Madeline Perez. There was this little thing called the Class 3A championship that you, a senior, led your Glenbard West Hilltoppers to at the same time.

  • Whitney, Williamson lead Vernon Hills' trophy effort Nov 9, 2013 11:36 PM
    It went down to the wire for the team trophies trophies Saturday afternoon in the Class 2A boys cross country state meet. And in the case of No. 3-ranked Vernon Hills, the seeds held up exactly as planned as the Cougars brought home the third-place hardware at historic Detweiller Park in Peoria. Unheralded Yorkville had just enough speed and depth on the 3-mile course to capture the championship of the super-close 27-team meet with 119 points while second-ranked Illiana Christian barely nipped the Cougars 134-136 for runner-up honors. Vernon Hills' push for a trophy was led by senior standout Kyle Whitney with a season-best, eighth-place time of 15:05. Freshman teammate Shane Williamson made the most of his first appearance downstate with a 27th-place finish, just missing the all-state (top 25) team.

  • Glenbard South's Wold repeats his state feat Nov 9, 2013 11:35 PM
    John Wold was running against the field on Saturday in the Class 2A cross country championship, but he also had another foe. Expectations. The Glenbard South senior's expectations for a better time than last year's Class 2A record of 14:16 at Detweiller Park and another dominating performance.

  • Vernon Hills savors first trophy finish Nov 9, 2013 11:26 PM
    The Vernon Hills girls cross country team was ranked fifth heading into the Class 2A state meet Saturday morning, but many figured the Cougars' squad was capable of bringing home one of the top three trophies. And Vernon Hills' outstanding pack and depth was not to be denied on this early November day on the historic 3-mile Detweiller Park course. The Cougars ended up locking up the third place trophy rather comfortably, finishing at 181 to top fourth-place Marengo at 231. Yorkville pulled off a team championship three-peat with a winning score of 104 points to outdistance runner-up Glenbard South with 130 points.

  • Vernon Hills looking to come of age in Class 2A Nov 8, 2013 9:24 PM
    It will not be an easy task, but the Vernon Hills girls cross country team is certainly a contender for one of the top three trophies today in the Class 2A state meet in Peoria. The fifth-ranked Cougars’ young squad will start the 3-mile race at storied Detweiller Park at 11 a.m. with hopes of bringing home a trophy from the pressure-packed meet. The awards ceremony for Class 2A begins at 1 p.m.

  • Vernon Hills aiming for 2A trophy Nov 8, 2013 9:23 PM
    This is the season the Vernon Hills boys cross country team has been dreaming about for a long time. The No. 3-ranked and undefeated Cougars will be aiming for a top-three trophy when they toe the starting line today at the Class 2A state meet beginning at noon in Peoria. The 3-mile race at historic Detweiller Park should be a great one, as top-ranked Illiana Christian and No. 2 Mahomet-Seymour could prove to be Vernon Hills’ greatest challenge in its quest for one of the coveted trophies. The awards ceremony for Class 2A gets under way at 1 p.m.

  • Palatine hopes to continue dealing downstate Nov 7, 2013 9:51 PM
    It was business as usual for Palatine girls cross country team this season. The Pirates secured their 14th Mid-Suburban League title, 22nd regional title, and 17th sectional title. This weekend, the Pirates will be looking to continue their roll as they take aim at a 14th state trophy for the program. Palatine enters Saturday’s Class 3A state race at Detweiller Park in Peoria with high expectations. With seniors Liz Cox, Cassidy McPherson and Jessica Lincoln at the controls, the Pirates seem to be in good position.

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